HPA is committed to incorporating sustainability into every aspect of our operations. We believe this is achieved by cultivating a culture that values and feels empowered to integrate sustainability into our day-to-day work. Sustainability planning is a key component of our strategic vision and its effective implementation.
Message from our President & CEO
For the Port of Halifax, sustainability is the balance of economics, community integration and the environment. The Halifax Port Authority is working to better incorporate this balance into all aspects of the organization, because in order to be a true economic development hub, we must ensure we are also taking a leadership role in environmental stewardship and community involvement. In other words, it may be beneficial for the bottom line to move full steam ahead on aggressive expansion projects but doing so may result in unanticipated infrastructure pressures on the surrounding municipality, and unwanted social costs for our community.
As President and CEO, I see my role as bringing together all the different players who make up Port City Halifax to find that balance. I am fortunate to have willing community and industry partners to work with, and the support of a great team to help with the heavy lifting. Oftentimes, goals are compared to a finish line, and once that line is crossed then the
results are analyzed, new strategies are developed, and a new goal is set. Sustainability does not fit neatly into that particular model or way of thinking. Instead, sustainability should be viewed as something holistic, a living thing that needs ongoing attention, consideration and nurturing. Yes, there are measures of success that should be reported on and requirements that must be met, but there is no single point at which one can say, “Job well done, mates. What’s next?”
The Sustainability Report for the Halifax Port Authority is our guide for measuring the success of our initiatives, reporting on progress, and most importantly, achieving balance. We look forward to building on those initiatives which are achieving positive results and working together as Port City Halifax to develop new ideas and practices which will result in a more sustainable future.
Captain Allan Gray
President & CEO